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Negative adverb “不 (bù) no/not” can be placed in front of a verb or adjective to make its meaning negative. “不 (bù) no/not” has the 4th tone, but when it is followed by another 4th tone, it becomes 2nd tone. An example of the change in tone is “不是 (bù shì) is not” is pronounced ...


You got a Valentine’s Day gift, and you are pleasantly surprised. How do you describe your feeling at that very moment? In fact, you can use one of the most basic sentence patterns to do so: Subject+hěn+adjective.

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No matter how calm, almost everyone ‘blows up’ every now and then. Before you do something crazy, let someone know how you feel!
In Chinese “我很生气 (wǒ hěn shēngqì) means “I am mad!” In addition to this expression, there are a few other useful and trendy expressions you can use to display your unhappiness. Watch the ...


According to the calculating method of the man wearing a black shirt in the conversation, in the end how much does the “豆腐 (dòufu) tofu” cost?
A. 两块 (liǎng kuài) 2 yuan
B. 五毛 (wǔ máo) 5 mao
C. 一块 (yí kuài) 1 yuan
D. 五块 (wǔ kuài) 5 yuan
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Are you a “吃货(chīhuò) foodie? ” In every Chinese city there are fast, affordable and delicious restaurants available on the street or at traditional markets. In English we call this: street food, hawker fare, stall food, or food vendors. You can sit on a small chair and hear the sounds of the city while enjoying ...


Seen regularly near low ceilings and doorways, many foreigners would be confused by a sign asking them to “carefully bang head.” This is just one of the many wonderful ways “小心碰头 (xiǎoxīn pèng tóu)” has been mistranslated – others include “carefulness bump head,” “carefully hits to the forehead,” and the more threatening “look out, ...


Your wallet just got stolen and you don’t know where the police are. Could it get worse? At least you can ask someone for help and find the police using your Mandarin skills!

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Although you may be confused now, the answer is quite simple. Think of “Chinese” as this large umbrella with a bunch of languages under it. Mandarin is one of those languages underneath. If Chinese were to be replaced with the word “dog,” then you could replace Mandarin with any dog breed, such as “Dalmatian.” So ...


In Chinese, you can ask about numbers and quantity by using “多少 (duōshǎo) How many / How much.” “多少 (duōshǎo)” is a question pronoun that you will use daily in Chinese.

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In Chinese, the most frequently used words for asking “how many” or “how much” questions are “几 (jǐ)” and “多少 (duōshao)” Though related, they are quite different in usage and are used in different circumstances.

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You’ll need to get in touch with your Chinese friends, right? Or your hotel in Beijing? Of course. Know how to ask for a phone number in Chinese with this video lesson.

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What movies will you be watching this summer? A perfect choice for some was Independence Day 2, as it corresponds with July, 4th and came into theaters around the same time. Why not watch people battle aliens for the earth in a fight for the independence of planet Earth?
This type of movie that just ...


Known in the UK as the EU Referendum, or the “Brexit” Referendum, on June 23rd 2016, the UK voted by 52% vs. 48% to leave the European Union, or “EU (欧盟) .” The EU (欧盟) is a political and economic union between 28 countries that is home to over 500 million people. The UK joined ...


Every four years, the world’s eyes turn to Europe to follow the most popular sport in the world, ”足球 (zúqiú) football,” or “soccer” if you live in the US, Canada, South Africa, Australia or New Zealand. This June of 2016 is that time again! It’s time to follow the sporting tournament known as the European ...


At last, graduation day has finally arrived, and for students all across the world, the years of hard work have finally reached a culmination. On this day, students will celebrate in many different ways , depending on where they come from. The procedures and traditions surrounding academic graduation ceremonies differ around the world. Whereas ...


You can use “都 (dōu)”, first tone, as an adverb for ‘both’ or ‘all’. The easy-to-remember basic structure is ‘multiple subjects’ + 都 (dōu) + verb + object. Since 都 (dōu) comes after the subjects, it means “both”. When referring to a larger group, 都 (dōu) takes on “all”.

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Taxis in China are plentiful and fairly inexpensive. It’s a common way to get around the cities. When you visit, you will surely be in a few! The first thing you need to communicate is where you are going. You can start with calling your driver “师傅 (shīfu).” This endearing term is used to refer ...


In Chinese, “有 (yǒu)” means “have.” You can indicate possession with “Subject + 有 (yǒu) + Noun.” Sound simple? It is! An example: 我有钱 (wǒ yǒu qián) I have money.

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In Chinese, “这 (zhè) this” is pronounced in the fourth tone and is used to refer to a nearby object or to introduce something. You can also use “这 (zhè) this” to refer to something that just happened.

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Losing direction and needing help is a large part of traveling abroad, China especially. Learn “你可以帮我吗? (Nǐ kěyǐ bāng wǒ ma?) Can you help me?“ for those difficult moments when you need any kind of help.

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